Doctor offers advice on coping with seasonal depression

Depression medication treatment

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For some, it is not the "most wonderful time of the year" if they are dealing with depression.

Depression can be brought on for any number of reasons: finances, work, or even a specific season.

In the case of seasonal depression, Dr. Michelle Schofield, medical director of behavioral health at St. Bernards, says they often see a rise in cases of depression and suicides during the holidays.

"They may not have depression at any other time of year," Dr. Schofield says. "But, as soon as the daylight shortens, many people feel as if their mood starts to decline. They become more lethargic, and they're crying more often. They start to have feelings of hopelessness."

Dr. Schofield recommends those affected by seasonal depression invest in a day lamp.

Contact your psychiatrist or primary care physician if you're dealing with another form of depression.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android